Can you be demoted because your employer does not like you?

Asked on August 4, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can.�Provided that �the terms of a union agreement or employment contract are not being violated. Additionally, this preferential treatment must not constitute a form of actionable discrimination.�In other words,�if you are being treated differently based on your membership in a "protected class", then you may have claim. So, is your lesser treatment due to your race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability? If not, then while your treatment may be discriminatory it is not illegal discrimination. Bottom line, not withstanding the foregoing, not all employeees must be treated the same or even fairly.

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